KTM 300 EXC (1993 - present)

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1993

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Submitted by rmlt2008 on Thu, 23/01/2014 - 00:11

Overall Review

AMAZING BIKE, ABSOLUTE WEAPON OF A BIKE, PERFECT FOR EVERY KIND OF ENDURO AND HAS NEVER LET ME DOWN NO MATTER WHAT IVE THROWN AT IT. I LOVE THE BIKE.

Strengths

POWER THROUGHOUT THE REV RANGE, LIGHT, RELIABLE

Weaknesses

ELECTRIC START FAILED.

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The KTM 300 can do absolutely anything, whether your a racing pro or just want it for trail riding. From the factory these run very rich, but tweak the jetting and you'll be getting around 65-70 miles until reserve. The front can feel a little light and skittish if you're used to a 4t but once you get used to that then you'll find you are skimming across terrain rather than sinking in. The Brembo brakes are fantastic with plenty of feel to them.

Strengths

Can be easily tailored to any riders needs

Weaknesses

Pre 2008 kickstart only

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After riding 250 2-strokes for over 20 years I decided I'd try out a KTM 300EXC to see if they were as good as people said. At first I didn't like it until I realised that you need to always ride this bike one gear higher than you think you need. Once I did that I couldn't believe what it could do. You can either make it pull high gears and have an easy time, or gas it and hold on tight. For hare and hound enduros, timecard or trail riding this bike can handle anything. It's fast enough for pro riders and the low end torque means clubmen will also love it. I'm selling my 09 model after 180 trouble-free hours and buying another younger model. Some riders I know regard 300s as a bit too much, but I think they can be the easiest bikes to ride once you get used to them. The only niggles are the high maintenance electric starter which fails regularly, and the paper thin KTM expansion pipes which you should remove when new, replace with a decent after market pipe and then stick it back on when you sell. Talking of selling, they seem to be in demand and are usually snapped up if priced right. My 300 has just gone for half its original purchase price after 180 hours and 5 years, which at £15 per hour seems reasonable to me.

Strengths

It's a 2-stroke so it's light, as well as being easy and cheap to maintain Massive torque from low rpm Lightweight chassis Good build quality - with the odd exception Easy to sell when you decide to get another one or retire Good dealer back up and reasonable spares prices No rear linkage makes maintenance simple

Weaknesses

Electric start is like a WAG - unreliable and requiring high maintenance KTM exhaust pipes are thin and flimsy. Get a DEP or FMF You will be accused of being a sheep by riders of unreliable and less popular dirt bikes

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Submitted by k4leem on Wed, 16/04/2014 - 09:06

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peoples choice of enduro bike for racing not the best range for a green laner but very good on track where you have a fuel bowser at the pits !

Strengths

light, fast, powerful, ace suspension holds its value

Weaknesses

pretty thirsty so you need to buy a bigger tank (have tried diff jetting but everyone seems to find them the same) amber power spring is very powerful (darent try the red) green power spring is much tamer .. a bit tall if you are a short ar5e

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